Welcome to the city of Gaylord, Mich., "the Alpine village."
Ordinance is here:
"The CITY OF GAYLORD strongly encourages the use of the SWISS ALPINE MOTIF in the construction and/or renovation of all commercial buildings in the CITY OF GAYLORD to maintain, enhance and to promote "GAYLORD, THE ALPINE VILLAGE" and to symbolize the City's relationship with its sister-city, PONTRESINA, SWITZERLAND."
In the interest of safeguarding and enhancing the Swiss Alpine Motif and distinctive appeal of the City of Gaylord as the "Alpine Village" it is the purpose of this section to establish certain standards for development to be used when constructing, altering, remodeling, repairing or renovating any structure within the Downtown Development District of the City of Gaylord.
Just one problem: developers apparently have no idea of where that might be. All of my photographs were taken on the west side of I-75, clearly some distance from the downtown...in the adjacent township.
Okay, one other minor little quibble. What exactly constitutes a "Swiss Alpine Motif"?
Bavarian strip mall
Some of this is, frankly, absurd. This is the Habitat Re-Store. (What about that big ugly billboard? And the overheard power lines???)
The Big Boy is wearing a German-style green hat with a feather. (I believe he used to be in lederhosen.)
Car repair shoppe. Now there's a Bavarian land use.
Another authentic Bavarian business.
Note the Chinese buffet on the right end.
For your chateau.
Naming a street in a Bavarian way ought to add some points in the zoning scorecard.
Bavarian video games.
Esto es un restarante Bavarian.
Did this joint get a pass? Or is "Bavarian motif" defined as "pitched roof or pointy facade" so they qualify?